I treat myself to real bouquets of flowers a few times a year, but cannot afford them year around. I don’t typically like artificial flowers but I really enjoy the DIY fabric flowers. My favorite is the peonies from the DIY Mommy blog. I cannot take credit for the method, to make the blossoms follow her video.
To make 7 peonies, you will need:
3/4 yard acetate (polyester, nylon)
3/4 yard chiffon (polyester, nylon)
floral wire stems
glue gun, and 10 + glue sticks
The 7 peonies took 1.5 yards of material, and cost about $20 to make for our guest room. I used yellow polyester chiffon, and yellow acetate lining. Other than following the video I would suggest cutting your blossoms one night. Burning the blossoms and sorting them by size into bags another night. Once the blossoms are prepared you can assemble the flowers in one night.
Arranging the flowers
Coordinating stem lengths. These flowers are heavy, to keep them standing straight, fold the wires over and twist at the base of the flower. Make 1 flower long for the center of the arrangement, 4 a bit shorter to fill in the four sides, and finally 2 short stems for fill ins as needed.
To arrange the flowers you can use a block of floral foam. I much prefer using a glass flower frog.
A glass flower frog provides 12 evenly spaced holes. When you place your blossom stem in the hole they are instantly arranged. They are reusable and inexpensive. You can find them at antique stores or online. They should cost less than $10, unless they come with paired with their original flower bowl.
Place the longest flower in the center of the arrangement, the four medium sized stems in the four corners, add the last two blossoms anywhere you have space to fill.
Finish off the arrangement with bits of greenery.
This peony bouquet is part of our guestroom refresh, along with the welcome signs and tray.
I hope you and my guests enjoy these blossoms.